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>Medicaid growth prompts hiring of 10 workers

Erie County's Medicaid caseload has grown 16 percent in the past year and is now increasing by about 650 cases a month, county officials said last week as they arranged to hire 10 more full-time employees to handle the additional work.

Carol Dankert, the county's acting social services commissioner, said the cases have increased largely because of the economy and because state leaders have expanded eligibility for the Medicaid program.

County taxpayers, however, will be spared most of the higher cost because the state has limited the increase in the counties' share of Medicaid outlays to 3 percent a year.

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>Sweet Home may take part in vaccination program

The Sweet Home School District may participate in a pilot program in conjunction with the Erie County Health Department for a swine flu vaccination clinic.

District Health Services Director Beverly Ann Shipe said that while the district would encourage students to get the vaccine through their personal health care provider, public access to the shots also will be required for some. Shipe said the district would distribute consent forms to parents to obtain approval for the immunization.

"We cannot announce official details yet because the plan has not yet received approval from the county government," she said. "However, it would put a general immunization plan in place that would include all Amherst school districts."

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>Senior housing proposal sent to Planning Board

The Marilla Town Board has referred an application for senior housing at Clinton Street and Two Rod Road to the town's Planning Board for review.

The developers are Robert Blood and Greg Willey, and the site -- 32.5 acres, currently owned by farmer Leon Berner -- needs to be rezoned from agricultural to senior housing. It is a scaled-back version of a proposal submitted twice before.

Under the latest plan, the site would feature a maintenance facility, 50 living units and 25 buildings on every 10 acres and a private road.

Last month, the Town Board rejected an application because it did not want senior housing zoned in a business district. Earlier in August, a proposal was denied due to a clerical error.

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>Athletic department to offer lecture on concussions

The Akron Central School Athletic Department is presenting a lecture related to secondary school athletics.

Dr. John Leddy, associate professor of clinical orthopedics at the University at Buffalo, will speak about "Concussions in High School Athletics" at 7 p.m. today in the high school cafeteria, 47 Bloomingdale Ave. Leddy, associate director of University Sports Medicine, will discuss the prevention, treatment and care of concussion injuries. Student athletes, their parents, coaches and all others interested in this topic are encouraged to attend. Admission is free.